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MACRA likely major topic at AHIP conference

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule released earlier this month includes funding to create and implement a core set of performance measures to be used by private and public insurers alike.

MACRA may be troublesome for some health IT vendors

MACRA may be troublesome for some health IT vendors

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 18, 2016

The final MACRA rule eases some data-reporting requirements. But it will likely strain small IT vendors who have to tweak platforms to meet certification requirements, and that may derail efforts to make technology more patient-friendly, relevant and specialty-specific.

CMS touts savings, quality under primary-care initiative

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 17, 2016

The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative has been testing whether paying practices to deliver advanced primary care through better coordination improves health outcomes and saves money.

MACRA rule deals blow to docs in Medicaid medical homes

MACRA rule deals blow to docs in Medicaid medical homes

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 17, 2016

Most Medicaid medical homes will not count as an alternative pay model under MACRA, according to the final rule released Friday that implements the law. More than 1 million Medicaid beneficiaries are signed up in medical home models around the country.

Medicare expected to come up in final presidential debate

Medicare expected to come up in final presidential debate

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 15, 2016

The third and final presidential debate this week may include a discussion on Medicare. Moderator Chris Wallace from Fox News is expected to ask the presidential nominees about the program.

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Virgil Dickson , Shannon Muchmore and Shelby Livingston  |  October 14, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final rule the CMS issued Friday. The CMS also signaled it would broaden the opportunities for physicians to participate in alternative models.

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